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Biomimicry Factory:

Biomimicry: technical and creative imitation of processes implemented by nature

Biomimicry Factory: Architecture - Campus Mana
Biomimicry Factory: Architecture - Campus Mana
With the Biomimicry Factory program, Campus Ma.Na becomes a study center for biomimicry and offers participants the opportunity to understand and integrate this discipline into their artistic and technical practices.
The first two weeks are intended to apprehend biomimicry, by training participants in the different dynamics that cross the theme, in order to then to apply it directly to their work. During the third week, the facilitator offers the possibility to use his or her favorite material, resulting from many years of research, and to apply it to a situation chosen by the participant.
The objective is to implement biomimicry through design and architecture projects with a global, expert approach to design and develop bio-inspired, disruptive, sustainable and efficient innovations and solutions to technical and environmental challenges.
Program Outline


Architect, maker, theoretician and partner soon to be revealed!

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative pedagogy is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specializing in their discipline and theorists who enlighten and put into perspective the creative itinerary of the training. This triptych, enriched by numerous other experiences provided on campus, guarantees participants a complete training program combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.
Ma.Na's team accompanies the participant through a range of complementary activities:
  • A time of reflection and research to document the subject
  • Hours of work in the workshops as well as on the field
  • Various highlights: conferences, visits, masterclasses
  • Individual and collective scenarios
  • Conversations and guidance from tutors and speakers.

Typical day and week schedule

General learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical acquisitation, professional project and collective work.
  • The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to biomimetism
  • The ability to develop and present one's work,  practice and ideas
  • The ability to pursue a subject
  • The ability to work collectively.

Training tools / materials

  • Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the beginning of the training.
  • Technical acquisition via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes a brief introduction to the history of these tools, an introduction to their maintenance and use.
  • Creation of your « technical passeport » including evaluations and refresher courses on the use of the different tools & assembly techniques, notably through fundamental practical exercises.
  • Personalized follow-up of your work at the Ma.Na, regular check-ups, intermediate reports and collective presentations at the end of the training.
  • Individualized meeting on your current practice, notably around the portfolio, allowing you to reinforce, correct, and redirect the different questions.
  • The work can be individual, in small groups or collective.

Assessment methods

  • production of an object or family of objects or full scale installation
  • documented and well-argued final project
  • collective presentation before a jury
  • weighting criteria of the evaluation : 30% training tutor / 30% craftsman / 30% peers / 10% self-assessment
    • using a learning assessment grid
    • the acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering are taken into account
  • training validated by a Ma.Na certificate of achievement.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline, the experience is assessed during the admission process.
Selection/admission process:
Step 1: submission of a portfolio
Step 2: motivation interview/more precise presentation of the student's artistic project / practice
Step 3: validation of the application by the admission board, who ensure the adequacy between the profile and the requirements of the training.

Program details

Material(s): Mixed
Domain: Architecture / Biodiversity / Sciences
Duration: 3 weeks
Language: French & English

Price: 4900 € inc VAT

Includes tuition fees & full board

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 19/06/2023 to 01/07/2023
From 02/10/2023 to 14/10/2023

Program Outline